Allegiance Health is in the process of replacing all of its parking lot and garage light fixtures with energy-efficient induction fixtures from Jackson-based lighting manufacturer Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. The retrofit is funded by Consumers’ Energy Saving Solutions program that was implemented to help Michigan’s commercial and industrial customers become more energy efficient. This lighting initiative is part of Allegiance’s ongoing effort to “green” its operations.
The community-owned health system received approximately $100,000 from Consumers Energy in 2010 to upgrade its lighting, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.1 “This has provided us with an opportunity to put forward a strong green initiative for the health system,” Allegiance Health spokesman Shannon Scholten said.2
In addition to upgrades being made to the parking garages at One Jackson Square, Allegiance Health upgraded two parking lots this past summer and has two more lots to complete. Craig Whipstock, Facilities and Maintenance Manager at Allegiance, hopes to complete the exterior lighting upgrade by the end of November. “We recently finished phase one of three at One Jackson Square. We’re in the process of installing approximately 250 bi-level garage fixtures that step dim to 40% power when the area is vacant,” Whipstock said. “We anticipate an annual savings of $14,000 at One Jackson Square alone once the project is complete. That’s without factoring in the additional savings generated when the fixtures are in low power mode.”
The new induction fixtures are 50-70% more energy efficient than metal halide and HPS (high pressure sodium) fixtures and last up to 100,000 hours, making them virtually maintenance free for up to 15 years. “Consumers Energy recognizes that energy efficiency is good for everyone, which is why they implemented this program,” stated Brandon Marken, Director of EverLast® Commercial Sales. “Helping customers reduce their energy consumption and save money is their goal, and the EverLast fixtures fit the bill perfectly.”
In addition to energy and maintenance savings, the new lights provide an increased sense of safety for Allegiance Health staff and visitors. Unlike the previous fixtures that produced a yellow/orange light, the induction lights produce a crisp white light that enables pedestrians to easily identify potential threats. “Everyone is very pleased with the quality of light produced by the new fixtures,” Whipstock said.
Consumers Energy offered commercial customers $45-$180 in rebates for each high-intensity discharge light fixture that was replaced with energy-efficient induction technology. For more information about Consumers Energy’s rebate program, call (866) 234-0445 or visit http://www.consumersenergy.com/eeprograms.
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